Gant Thriving in Spring

Looking for a solid nickel cornerback in its new 3-4 defense, the Wisconsin coaching staff offered Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson defensive back Kendall Gant, who is up to 19 offers.

Kendall Gant knows how lucky he is to play high school football in the state of Florida.

Not only does Gant play in one of the most talent-rich recruiting bases in the country, his state allows teams to have spring football to build team chemistry and for players to improve their skills for the upcoming season. All that for the 6-2, 180-pound Gant equals one of his favorite times of year.

"I love playing spring because that's when all the scouts come out to watch you play," Gant told Badger Nation. "It gets you better. They get to see what you got and you improve."

The scouts have been busy stopping by Lake Gibson High in Lakeland, located just outside Tampa. Alabama, Duke, Iowa State, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State, South Florida, UCF, USC and Wisconsin are just a handful of schools that have visited the three-star safety.

Now up to 19 scholarship offers, Wisconsin was one of the latest schools to jump after building a relationship with members of the staff over Facebook.

"I know a little bit about them," said Gant. "They've won the last three Big Ten championships and they are changing their defense to a 3-4. They are recruiting me as a nickel linebacker that plays both safety and linebacker."

Saying his school mixes in both the 4-3 and the 3-4 defense, Gant says he'll play in either defensive style in college.

"I will do my job," said Gant. "Whatever I have to do."

Gant has approached spring trying to improve the mental aspect of the game. Now a veteran of his team, Gant has seen his footwork and general knowledge improve to the point where the coaches are having him work as a wide receiver in addition to his safety responsibilities.

"Everything is more fluid," said Gant. "Everything is coming along."

Playing both free safety and cornerback depending on the competition, Gant finished with five interceptions last season.

"Offenses tested me, but I got the best of them," said Gant. "Sometimes they got the best of me. If they got me, I've got to get them back. I did pretty good at both (positions). I got some picks at both."

Saying he wants to give every school that offers him a chance, Gant said he will "definitely" visit Florida State and possibly Ohio State. He is undecided when he will make his final decision.


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